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Engr. Emilson C. Gole Cruz
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Cerca Alabang Visionarch

A resort themed community that offers an exclusive and distinctive living experience to its residences. “Exlusive, relaxing, and breath takingly beautiful, Cerca Alabang indeed sets the bar high for vertical home living.

WANT TO CONSTRUCT A BUILDING? A TREE PLANTING PLAN IS REQUIRED.

With our nation bracing the effects and impacts of Climate Change, the stakes and challenges are so great and they are continuing. If we will not take any steps against it, the future of Philippine environment may be Armageddonic. Therefore, development of a response framework and action plan on Climate Change is so critically important.

Thankfully, the government continuously lays the foundations brick by brick in this green building movement. As the country continues to bear the burden of the damaging impact of climate change, it is only necessary to reassess existing policies on property construction and management.

House Bill 7373: Green Building Act

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading “House Bill 7373: An Act Requiring The Planting of Trees For Any Construction of Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Public Building” or the proposed “Green Building Act” which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change and preserve the environment by requiring the planting of trees for any construction of residential, commercial industrial and public buildings.

Principally authored by Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar of DIWA Party-list, the bill seeks to mandate all applicants for building permits of residential, commercial, industrial and public development projects to submit a Tree Planting Plan, in addition to the other requirements imposed by local government units.

The bill declares that the State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature. Therefore, the State shall promote the planting of trees to enhance environmental quality, mitigate the effects of climate change, and preserve the environment for present and future generations.

High Gardens Visionarch

High Gardens is a mixed use development housing commercial spaces, offices and residential units. The development shows connectivity through a linear visual cue to accentuate entry points that are designed to be portals leading into the commercials spaces on the lower floors. A variety in materials are present to differentiate the offices and residences. The residences features pockets of open areas and balconies on specific levels that create open breathing spaces for the structure. Corners for the units are chamfered to maximize the view with no obstructions. While the massive office building is broken down into smaller areas with its directional facade and overlapping floor plates.

House Bill 7373: Green Building Act

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading “House Bill 7373: An Act Requiring The Planting of Trees For Any Construction of Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Public Building” or the proposed “Green Building Act” which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change and preserve the environment by requiring the planting of trees for any construction of residential, commercial industrial and public buildings.

Principally authored by Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar of DIWA Party-list, the bill seeks to mandate all applicants for building permits of residential, commercial, industrial and public development projects to submit a Tree Planting Plan, in addition to the other requirements imposed by local government units.

The bill declares that the State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature. Therefore, the State shall promote the planting of trees to enhance environmental quality, mitigate the effects of climate change, and preserve the environment for present and future generations.

The Authors of Bill

Rep. Aglipay-Villar noted that like those of other countries, the country’s carbon emissions dominate the rate by which the Philippines is able to produce and replenish green resources.

“The continuous abuse of our forest reserves by big businesses does not help our cause either. With the passage of HB 7373, we are confident that we can effectively reduce the exploitation of our green resources,” said Aglipay-Villar.

The bill is co-authored by Reps. Nancy Catamco (2nd District, North Cotabato), Noel Villanueva (3rd District, Tarlac), Joseph Stephen Paduano (Party-list, Abang Lingkod), Pablo Ortega (1st District, La Union), Maria Vida Espinosa-Bravo (1st District, Masbate), Mark Go (Lone District, Baguio City), and Gary Alejano (Party-list, Magdalo), among others.

Okada Hotel  (Manila Bay Resorts) GF & Partners

Located in the emerging Parañaque Entertainment city, Manila bay Resorts is envisioned by the project proponent to be one of the best high-end entertainment complex resorts in the world. The 49 hectare development will feature 28,000m square meters of casino gaming floor, 2,000 hotel rooms and suites, a Shopping mall, a myriad of restaurants that serve various cuisine, high-end retail shops, a 22,000 square meter water pond featuring impressive water and light shows, and a massive glass dome-enclosed indoor beach club.

Gardens at Zuellig EAALA

In the heart of Manila’s Makati Business District stands a Class A LEED Platinum offices development that combines world-class planning and sustainable green technology. The landscape blends well with the built environment to create an efficient workplace for its tenants’ recreation and provides measureable benefits in terms of energy savings, lower operating costs, and superior indoor air quality.

The Philippine Green Building Code

The Philippines government is really serious in mitigating the effects of climate change. For the past few years, we are implanting new regulations that bring better changes in our environment.

In 2015, the Philippine Green Building (GB) Code became a referral code to the National Building Code (Presidential Decree No. 1096) to promote sustainable building regulations and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The general provisions of the Code provide for the protection of the people from the harmful effects of climate change. The Code seeks to improve the efficiency of building performance through a framework of standards that will enhance sound environmental and resource management to counter harmful gases, throughout the building’s life cycle, including efficient use of materials, site selection, planning, design, construction, use, occupancy, operation and maintenance, without significant increase in cost.

In particular, the GB Code sets minimum standards for compliance to ensure energy and water efficiency, material sustainability, solid waste management, site sustainability, and indoor environmental quality. It shall be applied to hotels/resorts, schools, hospitals, business offices and mixed occupancy properties with required minimum total gross floor area of 10,000 sqm; 15,000 sqm for malls; and 20,000 sqm for condominium.

The technical professionals, developers, contractors, property managers and building owners involved in the planning, design, construction and management of buildings have the opportunity and the responsibility to help the government address the adverse effects of climate change by ensuring that buildings are planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained to the required efficiency levels.

Proposed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in partnership with International Finance Corp (IFC) of World Bank, the Green Building Code targets to reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 70 percent in 2030.

As our country continues to rise as we Build, Build, Build, may we also ascend the game for a Green, Green, Green environment. D+C

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